Faculty and Staff News
Lowden named interim associate vice president for CAITS
Rob Lowden, who joined IU School of Medicine in January as executive associate dean and chief information officer, is expanding his portfolio and has been named interim associate vice president for clinical affairs information technology services (CAITS), effective Friday, February 15. CAITS is the division of University Information Technology Services that provides IT services such as help desk support, server management, database and applications development, and security oversight to IU School of Medicine and other health sciences schools.
In an email announcing Lowden’s new position, IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, wrote: “With the expansion of his role to include leadership of CAITS, Rob will be well positioned to develop a comprehensive IT strategy for the school and to ensure our faculty, staff and learners receive the highest level of IT service. We recognize that information technology is vitally important to all aspects of our work--from our ability to connect across our nine campuses to the way we share sensitive information with our hospital partners. This is why we have identified IT as a priority of our strategic plan and why we are committed to investing in IT infrastructure, systems and talent.”
IU School of Medicine center among IU entities receiving grant for rural communities opioid response planning
Three Indiana University centers, including the IU School of Medicine Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy, will receive $45,000 of a $200,000 federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant as part of the Indiana Rural Opioid Consortium.
The Indiana Rural Health Association is convening the consortium to collaborate on plans to address opioid abuse in rural Indiana communities. In addition to the Bowen center, the consortium includes the Center for Rural Engagement at IU Bloomington and the Center for Public Health Practice at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.
The consortium supports prevention and treatment for substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder in the rural Indiana counties that are among the 220 counties across the U.S. identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as being at risk for HIV and hepatitis C infections due to injection drug use.
The Indiana Rural Health Association created the consortium to address four areas:
- Increasing awareness of best practices for opioid use disorder treatment through targeted education efforts.
- Increasing access to available treatment options, including new telehealth options.
- Building additional recovery communities in the targeted counties.
- Creating initiatives and programs to reduce the stigma associated with addiction resulting from the opioid crisis.
Academic medicine career development conference is February 28
Considering a career in academic medicine? The Academic Medicine Career Development Conference for Diverse Medical Students and Residents is a no-fee, one-day conference that includes nine workshops on these and related topics:
- Diversity and inclusion in the academic medicine workforce
- Academic medicine career roles
- Financing an academic medicine career
- Research, scholarship and careers in academic medicine
The conference will be held from 7 am-5:30 pm, Thursday, February 28, at the Riley Outpatient Center, Conference Rooms A&B. While open to all, it aims to help diverse (women, underrepresented minorities and LGBTQ) medical students, residents, fellows and doctoral students to:
- Discover academic medicine careers that align with personal and professional interests
- Explore academic medicine career paths and opportunities
- Create and improve their academic medicine portfolio
- Grow their network among academic medicine colleagues and role models
Alumni partner through AMPATH to improve Kenyan health system
Two IU School of Medicine graduates, Laura Ruhl, MD, MPH, and Matt Turissini, MD, found their way to Kenya taking very different paths. The couple now works with AMPATH (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare), a collaboration between Moi University, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, a consortium of North American universities led by Indiana University, and the Kenyan government, that works to build a holistic and sustainable health system in Kenya.
Ruhl considers herself a “child of AMPATH” and first visited Kenya as an undergrad and ultimately decided to attend IU School of Medicine because of the IU-Kenya program. Conversely, Turissini was a sociology and English major in college and did not decide to become a doctor until several years after completing undergrad and spending time working for a few different non-profit organizations.
Both physicians spent time in Kenya as Slemenda scholars after their first year of medical school. Ruhl spent additional time in Kenya as a fourth-year student, resident, pediatric team leader and pediatric field director. They first met when Turissini was doing pediatric HIV research between his third and fourth years of medical school. Turissini continued his work with AMPATH, tallying roughly 20 months in Kenya during medical school and his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Duke University, a member of the AMPATH Consortium.
Learn more about the couple’s journey with AMPATH and their current roles with the organization in this Global Health blog post.
Patented drug therapy for lung condition has been exclusively optioned to Theratome Bio
A patented Indiana University School of Medicine discovery that uses proteins, lipids and nucleic acids secreted by adult stem cells to treat Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, or ARDS, has been optioned to Theratome Bio, an Indianapolis-based life sciences company.
One of the symptoms of ARDS is a buildup of fluid and severe inflammation in the lungs, which impairs their ability to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide. More than 200,000 people in the U.S. are affected by ARDS each year, and the mortality rate is approximately 40 percent.
The patented IU discovery uses the secretome from the stem cells as a biologic therapeutic to reduce the inflammation and buildup of fluid in the lungs. The IU Innovation and Commercialization Office exclusively optioned the treatment to Theratome Bio, which is building a portfolio of therapeutics based on the secretome of stem cells.
For more on the innovation and next steps for the therapy, read News at IU.
IU School of Medicine makes breakthrough toward developing blood test for pain
A breakthrough test developed by IU School of Medicine researchers to measure pain in patients could help stem the tide of the opioid crisis in Indiana, and throughout the rest of the nation.
A study led by psychiatry professor Alexander Niculescu, MD, PhD and published this week in the high impact Nature journal Molecular Psychiatry tracked hundreds of participants at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis to identify biomarkers in the blood that can help objectively determine how severe a patient’s pain is. The blood test, the first of its kind, would allow physicians far more accuracy in treating pain--as well as a better long-term look at the patient’s medical future.
Read this Newsroom post for more on the groundbreaking blood test.
Faculty and Staff News
Reminder: Faculty Election Ballot closes February 24
There are just 10 days left for eligible IU School of Medicine faculty members to complete the 2019 Faculty Election Ballot, which will close Sunday, February 24. The ballot includes links to each nominee’s faculty bio page (click on the name). To vote for a faculty member, faculty will need to click to the side of the link so that the box turns red. (The color red indicates the faculty member was selected.)
The 2019 ballot also includes questions regarding changes to the school’s Faculty Constitution. For information regarding changes to the constitution, view these resources online:
Submit questions via the Faculty Steering Committee’s submission page.
Doehring receives Indiana University Part-time Teaching Award
“My role is to be a ‘coach on the field’ and provide a safe place for learners to spread their wings, while also ensuring safety and quality medical care for our patients,” said Doehring, who works in the emergency department at Eskenazi Health.
She will receive the award from IU President Michael A. McRobbie at the IU Celebration of Distinguished Teaching and Service Dinner on Friday, March 29.
GME clinical teaching workshop for residents and fellows is April 18
The IU School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education is offering “Clinical Teaching - Beyond the Basics” from 1-4 pm, Thursday, April 18, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 310. Designed for residents and fellows, the workshop will cover:
- Expectations (student and resident) that come with clinical teaching
- Teaching procedures
- Structure to clinical teaching (SPIT, SNAPP, one-minute preceptor)
- Providing feedback to learners
- Horizontal learning
- Simulation debriefing
Neuroscience Physician Education Series begins Saturday
Join Indiana University School of Medicine experts, Liana Apostolova, MD, and Daniel Bateman, MD, on Saturday, February 16, for part one of the Neuroscience Physician Education Series, focusing on primary care physicians and screening for Alzheimer’s disease. The event, sponsored by the IU Health Foundation, American Senior Communities and the Alzheimer’s Association, qualifies for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
This free event will take place from 11 am-3 pm, at Goodman Hall at the IU Health Neuroscience Center in downtown Indianapolis. Free parking is available. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Registration and more information are available.
First Generation Mixer is February 20
Celebrate the journey of a first-generation college student at the IU School of Medicine First Generation Mixer on Wednesday, February 20. The mixer, which will be held at 5:30 pm at Chancellor’s restaurant in University Tower, is open to first generation college students now attending medical school, and faculty and staff who are first generation college students.
Appetizers will be served, and dress is casual. Registration is appreciated by filling out this survey by Friday, February 15. Questions? Email Lauren Henninger at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is hosted by the IU School of Medicine Office of Medical Student Education and the First Generation Committee.
Submit abstracts by February 28 for Patient Safety and Quality Day
Abstracts are being accepted for the annual Patient Safety and Quality Day, which will be held Friday, April 12. Prizes will be awarded for best oral and poster presentations. Submit abstracts by Thursday, February 28, to email@example.com. The patient safety and quality event is part of the Multidisciplinary Conference hosted by the IU School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Quality and Patient Safety Council.
Apply by March 28 for pilot funding for research use of core facilities
The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) pilot funding promotes the use of technologies and expertise offered by the Indiana CTSI core facilities available at all partner institutions. Successful proposals will demonstrate outstanding scientific merit that can be linked to generating extramural funding or novel intellectual property. Success of the program will be viewed, in part, by the fostering of new funded grants or providing significant contributions to grant renewals.
Proposals must use a CTSI-designated core facility. Application details are available; deadline to apply is Thursday, March 28.
Core equipment grants are available from Indiana CTSI
The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is seeking proposals from CTSI-designated IU School of Medicine cores that are requesting support for the purchase of equipment. Funding is available for equipment to enhance the research environment and contribute to the research mission of the school and Indiana CTSI.
Submission deadline is Monday, April 1. Learn more.
Kilty earns Pride of Indiana recognition
Seth Kilty, IU School of Medicine – Fort Wayne, was recently honored with Pride of Indiana recognition.
Kilty’s nominator wrote: “I would like to thank Seth for his dedication to getting questions answered and issues resolved for his team as we transitioned over to the IU system. Although he was new to his position and had his own hands full, he kept his staff updated regularly so we felt represented and informed. He was persistent in getting clarifications and answers so staff could continue to do their jobs effectively during this time. We appreciate his positive outlook and task-oriented approach and are thankful he was here to help navigate through everything.”
Pride of Indiana is a regular Inside IU feature that allows IU faculty and staff to recognize colleagues for IU-related work that goes above and beyond job duties. Submit a Pride of Indiana nomination.
IBJ article explores how McRobbie “has transformed Indiana University”
A February 8 Indianapolis Business Journal article takes a close look at the leadership of Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie, citing progress and accomplishments in fundraising, building projects, minority enrollment and the restructuring of academic programs.
IU Northwest to host Freshman to Physician Seminar on February 18
On Monday, February 18, IU Northwest will offer minority high school students and college undergraduates the opportunity to explore medical school and careers in medicine, dentistry and other healthcare fields. The Freshman to Physician Seminar will be held from 9 am–noon, in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center.